Best Practices


The CRB supports performance of quality veterinary clinical trials in client-owned animals that involve informed consent.  According to the NIH, the ideal reading level of a clinical trial consent form is 6th grade.  The reading level of a document can be determined using several programs.  Microsoft Word is one of these programs, and the “Spelling and Grammar” tool can be used to determine the Flesh-Kincaid Grade Level.

The CRB is not requiring that investigators reach this ideal.  However, we are offering information to help investigators understand readability and improve the consenting process.  Some links to a couple of helpful web resources are included below.

Client Consent Forms

In addition to the Consent Form templates provided on the CRB Forms and Submission Information page, the following two documents below and the Readability information above are provided as resources for creating a client consent form for a veterinary clinical trial.

Client Consent Form Guidelines
CSU CRB Consent Form Review Checklist

Additional Study Documents

Additional study documents that may be helpful in communicating study expectations include a study information sheet and study calendar/roadmap. Templates for these documents are included below:

Study Calendar/Roadmap
Study Information Sheet